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Debra

smithfield, NC, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 341 titles in library
  • 48 purchased in 2014
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  • Phantom Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Farris
    • Narrated By Joey Collins
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    New York Times best-selling author John Farris pens a once-in-a-lifetime thriller that ensnares listeners in an addictive web of intrigue and chilling terror. When nurse Mally Shaw is found dead in Evening Shade, Tennessee, 14-year-old mute Alex Gambier is devastated. He misses the tenderhearted young woman who befriended him. And he is furious with her killer. But how will his silent witnessing of her unspeakable death affect him - and others?

    Debra says: "Murder with a supernatural twist!"
    "Murder with a supernatural twist!"
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    What did you love best about Phantom Nights?

    I loved the characterization. Farris really captures the South of that era. The racial tension and interaction between the characters was spot on.


    What three words best describe Joey Collins’s performance?

    I'm not sure I can sum it up in three words... His performance of the dialog was brilliant and he can do that "good old boy" accent wonderfully, but he seemed very monitone during the narration and it took some getting used to at first.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved watching the relationship develop between Bobby and Dr. Valjean. Their friendship was bittersweet due to his illness and racial differences.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2354)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Loved this book!"
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    What did you love best about Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    It was defiantly an original story line!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! I love "quest" type mysteries. It's like a lighter Dan Brown type mystery without the blood shed!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was humorous in many places! The main character is such a normal guy, you cent help but love him!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (905)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Not your average grandma"
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    Any additional comments?

    What an interesting idea! It was written in the 1960's at the height of the "spy" era and Mrs. pollifax wants to by a spy. What starts out as a simple courier trip of course gets more complicated! Mrs. pollifax is a very lovable character and the narrator really brings her to life. Fun read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (521)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "More adventures for Mrs. pollifax"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Dorothy Gilman before, how does this one compare?

    I love the Mrs. Pollifax character and really enjoy her travels, but this one seemed a bit of a stretch. She gets in way over her head and for anyone to survive this adventure, let alone an untrained, elderly woman, would be a feat! With that said, the characters are as always, wonderful! Still an enjoyable read!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when they met Sandor. His character is great! "What the hell!"


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Annabel Pitcher
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    To 10-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he barely remembers: his sister Rose, who died five years ago in a terrorist bombing. To his father, life is impossible to make sense of when he lives in a world that could so cruelly take away a 10-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving 15-year-old twin, Jas, every day she lives in Rose's ever-present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone.

    mj says: "Amazing!"
    "Bittersweet but beautiful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece to be better than the print version?

    David Tennant makes this book! If I could give more than 5 stars for the narration I would!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sunya? Not sure of the spelling. She is Jamie's super hero. It is wonderful to watch their relationship change.


    Have you listened to any of David Tennant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I wish he had more books other than Dr. Who and How to Train your Dragon! He is by far the best narrator I have heard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Hence the bittersweet!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (940)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Powerful story about the south through the years"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Tucker gets arrested for speeding before they know he is the new police chief.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator starts out kind of slow but then grows on you and after awhile I couldn't wait to listen to his voice and southern drawl! The story spans 3 generations of small town police chiefs and how their experiences all relate. They characters are all very well developed and interesting. Woods does a great job of capturing the character and personality of a southern small town through the years. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3154)
    Performance
    (2919)
    Story
    (2924)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Wonderful, warped and creepy!"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's impossible not to compare Hill to his father. This book was right up there with King's and maybe even better. His attention to detail is awesome! The narrator is fabulous and does creepy voices better than any other I have heard! It is a story of the real world vs. the imaginative world of thoughts and how powerful that second world can be. If you are a fan of the King genre, you will love this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (691)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "Boring!"
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    What was most disappointing about Ellen Kushner’s story?

    I listened to the second book in the series first and am so glad I did. It was wonderful! If I had listened to this one first however, I would have never listened to the second. This one lacked the character development and adventure of the second. It really dragged and the political structure was confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one and move on to the next!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (516)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were great! Obviously aunt Florence is the most interesting but I loved Lena's mother! She was so sad but sweet.


    What does Catherine Taber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her wonderful subtle southern drawl was very pleasing. I HATE fake accents. Hers was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I lam from the south and lived in Alabama for 8 years during the eighties. The characters and setting are right on the money. I loved the scene where Burr meets the family. So true!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11887)
    Performance
    (10801)
    Story
    (10825)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Definitely something different!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was totally unpredictable! The characters were interesting and well developed. It was an adult Scooby Doo mystery with a steam punk twist and a little of the apocalypse thrown in!


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents were very well done and really gave the characters dimension.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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